New dramedy 'Untying Kantai' by Philit Productions a must watch on Showmax

'Untying Kantai' brings together an impressive lineup of talent and a gripping storyline.

New dramedy series, Untying Kantai.
New dramedy series, Untying Kantai.
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Showmax has ramped up its local content slate in Kenya with the unveiling of a new dramedy series, Untying Kantai. The 13-part Showmax Original premiered on May 9 and has already released five captivating episodes, promising viewers a thrilling blend of drama and comedy.

'Untying Kantai' brings together an impressive lineup of talent and a gripping storyline. It follows the tumultuous journey of King Kantai, a man who has spent 30 years of his life working tirelessly, only to be swindled out of his life savings.

Amidst a mid-life crisis, Kantai discovers a truckload of antipsychotic drugs worth millions. Torn between turning the drugs over to the authorities or selling them to secure his family's future, Kantai chooses the latter, thrusting himself into a dangerous world of deceit and peril.

The series is written by Abel Mutua and directed by Philip Karanja, the dynamic duo from Philit Productions known for their award-winning works like Sue na Jonnie, A Grand Little Lie, and Click Click Bang.

Produced by Denise Kibisu, Untying Kantai promises to deliver the same high-quality storytelling and production value that fans have come to expect from Philit Productions.

"This is my first Showmax Original, so I am super excited and nervous at the same time," says director Karanja. "Showmax is known for its quality and boldness, and I want to see how I compare to the other giants on the platform. Untying Kantai is bold and raw, delving into some uncomfortable truths. I know Kenyans will relate to it because our main themes are really strong and relatable: drugs, church, and family."

The shows stars a star studded cast

Benson Ojuwa (County 49) stars as King Kantai, the hardworking transport manager who finds himself entangled in illegal dealings.

Singer and Kora Awards winner Silayio (Nafsi) plays Angela Kantai, King Kantai's staunch Christian wife.

Sanchez Ombasa (Faithless) is Emory “MRI” Sagini, a recovering addict and former drug peddler seeking redemption.

Francis Ouma (Volume) portrays Succoth “Acekay” Kantai, Kantai’s rebellious and ambitious youngest son with a talent for rap.

Blessing Lung’aho (Country Queen) is Rob, a rogue cop with dubious loyalties.

Keith Chuaga (Igiza) takes on the role of Wakili, a criminal lawyer with an undefeated record.

Pascal Tokodi (Selina) is Arnold, a drug dealer known for his pure stash.

The series also features Andrew Muthure (Mother-in-Law), Mercy Mutisya (Kina), Dennis Mugo (Tahidi High), and Mary Mwikali (Second Family).

"Untying Kantai" is part of Showmax's exciting lineup released in May, including "The Real Housewives of Nairobi S2," the comedy-drama "Big Girl Small World," and the new docuseries "Nilichoma."

To watch new episodes of "Untying Kantai" every Thursday on Showmax, subscribe on with M-Pesa. Showmax offers a range of affordable subscription options:

  • Showmax Entertainment – KES 650: Access Showmax Originals, international and local series, movies, and kids’ shows on TV & mobile devices.
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You can also get the bundle options:

  • Showmax Entertainment + Premier League – KES 1000
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